R E V E L A T I O N.
This chapter is an introduction to the latter part
of the prophecies of this book. Whether what is contained between
this and the sounding of the seventh trumpet (ch. xi. 15) be a distinct prophecy from the
other, or only a more general account of some of the principal
things included in the other, is disputed by our curious enquirers
into these abstruse writings. However, here we have, I. A
remarkable description of a very glorious angel with an open book
in his hand, ver. 1-3. II.
An account of seven thunders which the apostle heard, as echoing to
the voice of this angel, and communicating some discoveries, which
the apostle was not yet allowed to write, ver. 4. III. The solemn oath taken by him who
had the book in his hand, ver.
5-7. IV. The charge given to the apostle, and observed
by him, ver. 8-11.